Stranger Things Season 3 broke Netflix’s viewership records with over 40 million household accounts watching since its debut on July 4. Netflix adds that in just four days after the show’s release, 18.2 million of those household accounts finished the entire third season.
The sci-fi show that explores the town of Hawkins, and the ‘Upside Down’ has beaten Netflix’s viewership records held by The Umbrella Academy, You, and Sex Education. The three latter shows only achieving more than 40 million views after a month since their debut.
The third season’s success may have secured the renewal of the series for its fourth season. Ross Duffer, one half of the show’s creator, has stated in 2017 that Stranger Things may be a four-season story.
If you’re living under a rock, Stranger Things is a show about a group of kids living in a strange town called Hawkins. The kids investigate and have adventures (albeit, terrifying ones) with paranormal and supernatural incidents, including the sudden appearance of a weird girl with psychokinetic powers after their friend gets abducted by a creature from the mysterious “Upside Down.” Oh, and it’s set in the 1980s.
With a hit TV series, the show’s casts shot to stardom. Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhand, Caleb McLaughlin, and Noah Schnapp made up the gang of the brave kids of Hawkins. Winona Ryder and David Harbour rounded out the cast, serving as the adult support system in the show.
In season 2, Sadie Sink joined the gang. In season 3, look out for Priah Ferguson and Maya Hawke.
The show was wildly successful when it was first launched last July 2016 on Netflix. Fans enjoyed the mix of sci-fi, mystery, thriller, and 80’s nostalgia in one binge-able show.
The Duffer Brothers
The instant hit show was created by twins Matt and Ross Duffer, now widely known as the Duffer Brothers. The duo got their first break in Hollywood when they pitched a screenplay which Warner Bros Entertainment, Inc. won over other studios. Their screenplay was so good that they convinced Warner Bros. to let them direct it as well.
The movie was titled Hidden. Filming began in 2012 and was completed in 2015. Unfortunately, the studio decided to have a limited release, and only a few critics were able to see it.
Despite not having their movie’s theatrical release, the brothers landed a job as writers for Wayward Pines, an American thriller TV series based on Blake Crouch’s novels of the same name.
The couple continued to write and decided to pitch a screenplay for their own TV show. They caught the attention of Shawn Levy, known for his direction of films such as Night at the Museum and Real Steel.
The Duffer brothers, along with Levy, pitched a TV show concept that’s a mix homage to Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, and the brother’s love for the 80’s era. Netflix loved it, and so did the rest of the world.
Season 3 Recap
Here’s a look at the current season’s summary.
Season 2 ended on a happy ending with the gang enjoying their time in the school dance. Little do they know the Mind Flayer, a powerful force from the Upside Down (and season 2’s main antagonist), was still alive and watching the town of Hawkins.
In season 3, the plot thickens as to who is responsible for making portals to go to the Upside Down. Russian agents have now come to Hawkins and started working secretly at the newly constructed mall.
Dustin, Robin, Steve, and Erica starts investigating the Russian agents and learns that there’s a secret lab below the mall.
The Mind Flayer is alive and has been using the abandoned mill as its headquarters. It abducts Billy and possesses him. Billy starts abducting other townspeople so that the Mind Flayer can control them, too.
Will can sense the Mind Flayer whenever it attacks others. He teams up with Eleven, and they try to fight the Mind Flayer. They were able to identify that Billy was possessed and attacked him. The Mind Flayer overpowered Eleven and almost killed her.
Using her powers, Eleven was able to find the Mind Flayer’s lair—the abandoned mill. However, during her search for the den, the Mind Flayer was able to read her mind, too. It knows where Eleven is and is now hunting her.
Eleven, Will, Nancy, and Jonathan goes to the mall to rescue Dustin, Robin, Steve, and Erica. They prepare to fight the Mind Flayer. Hopper and Joyce investigate the Russian agents through a trail of paperwork. They also rush to the mall to help the children fight. They come up with a plan to fight the Mind Flayer and destroy the machine building the portal below the mall.
In the end, Billy sacrifices himself to save Eleven from the Mind Flayer that still possesses him. Hopper also sacrifices himself to shut down the machine, which closed the portal and killed the Mind Flayer.
In the last scene, Eleven, Will, Jonathan, and Joyce leave the town of Hawkins.